Post # 87 Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts

January 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 87 Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts

It’s called Gorp and it’s been the mainstay of hiking grub since the world began.  Well, maybe not that long, but I’ve been aware of it since at least the ’60s.  It’s also commonly known as trail mix.  At some point in the past, someone decided that a cheap, longlasting, stick-to-your-ribs, nutritious snack was necessary for anyone out in the woods.  I suppose due to personal preference, that someone put peanuts together with raisins and other non-melty but tasty treats and put it in a bag to take with them as they went hiking.  Then someone else thought it was a great idea.  You see where this is going.

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Trail-mix/gorp is actually a pretty good snack and if it’s put together right, it’s really tasty and nutritious.  The basic mix is peanuts, dried fruit, and non-melty chocolate.  Most of the time, the chocolate is either M&Ms or chocolate chips.  If the day is hot, stay away from chocolate chips.

As with any recipe, there are as many variations are there are people who make it.  When I make it, I add pretzel bites, oyster crackers, M&Ms, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and a small sprinkle of salt.  A friend uses various childhood cereals with peanut butter chips and throws in garlic and onion powder.  Sounds disgusting, but he likes it.  Another friend makes her own by mixing Chex cereals, cheese crackers, peanuts, dried peas, small beef jerky bites, and dried dates.

What you’re aiming for here is a mix of carbs, long-lasting proteins, and quick-acting sugars.  The mix should taste good, or you won’t eat it.  Gorp makes a great substitute for meals when you either don’t want to stop, or don’t have time to stop.  Almost anything can go into it.  Coconut, citrus peels, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, breakfast cereals, dried vegetables, various spices and herbs, candies, marshmallows, crackers, cookies, pretzels, etc.  The most important thing is to make sure it tastes good to you.


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